You may be one of those lucky people that would claim to live in a country with free speech, and that may be true, but there are still lots of things that you can’t just go around blurting out, even in places like the United States. And even though you very well may live in a free country there are probably lots of things you can’t do.
You can’t yell fire in a building when it’s not burning, that is typically punishable. You can’t punch your boss in the face. That is also punishable. Although if you live in the western world, you probably have more freedom and more rights than most other countries or cultures (even historical ones), these are things worth considering.
There are some things, however, that was perfectly fine to do up until a certain point. And that point was always somebody coming along and ruining that perfectly ok thing. What you will notice is that one political party was responsible for many of these, namely the Nazis.
Whether it was swastikas (which are a symbol of peace and luck in India even to this day) or Roman salutes (which were even used by the Boys Scouts before World War II), there is no end to the things that were perfectly usable until somebody came along and corrupted them. These are 25 things that have been completely ruined beyond repair.
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Why: As you can probably guess, Hitler and his henchman will most likely be responsible for a significant portion of this list.
Listening to Isis (the rock band)
Why: All you have to do is watch the news. Seriously, you can’t even listen to those songs anymore. Can you imagine explaining your choice of music in public? “What are you listening to Billy?” “Oh, nothing, just some Isis. It’s great!”.
Why: For thousands of years it was considered a symbol of peace and good luck on the Indian subcontinent and then Hitler came along. In fact, at Hindu weddings it’s not weird to hang swastikas everywhere for good luck. Now just try to imagine a Hindu/Jewish wedding (they happen). We told you Hitler would be back on this list.
Why: We’ve got three letters for you – KKK. If you’re white sheet accidentally come to point over your head you might regret your choice of costume later.
The name Adolf
Why: Yes, we’re back to the Nazis and their ruinous legacy. Adolf used to be a perfectly common name. Of course it’s not even legal in some place these days and so many people even had to change their names.